that the top ten jobs in the workforce today, did not even exist in 2004?
Think about what that means for schools and learning! What are we teaching now? What will be relevant for our students in the future? How do we prepare students for an unforeseeable future?
At my School, we are doing this by keeping up to date with what is going on in education around the world. We are introducing web-tools and teaching transferable skills, like how to reference materials and how to check that a website is giving valid information. We are introducing the Ultranet to our staff and together we are learning to integrate technology into daily classroom programs. We are working with our students to help keep them safe, Using real-world tools like wikis, blogs and email we will give our students the best chance of becoming good digital citizens who are prepared for whatever the future holds!
At my school, across a wide-spectrum of ages, we have students who are managing online networks of hundreds of friends, who can interact with people around the world and who expect this access to continue to grow and become increasingly important. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we can use the past 10 years as a reference to see that ‘times they are a changin’ ‘! In fact, a recent presentation I saw quoted scientists and futurists as saying that “At today’s rate of change, technology will experience 20,000 years of growth THIS CENTURY”!
Our students will continue to need reliable and up-to-date resources and stable Internet access, as well as dedicated and caring teachers who can help prepare them for an exciting, challenging and unknown future! And that's what we are working towards.
Is there really a change in the way we live and our students need to learn? Think about this: when was the last time you got up to change a TV channel or used correcting fluid or sent out film to be processed? Not that long ago, right?
But –the big question is, will you ever need to do those things again?